Thirty activists from the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion led a punching action on Tuesday outside the Interior Ministry in Paris.
Thirty activists from the ecological movement Extinction Rebellion led a punching action “Tuesday against police violence” in front of the Interior Minister in Paris and several of them were arrested.
At least two activists climbed the entrance gates of the ministry, located a stone’s throw from the Elysée Palace, and chained themselves to it after having unrolled a red banner with the inscription “Less LBD, more turnips”, making reference to the defense ball launcher, a controversial weapon used by law enforcement.
Other activists, who were walking “like tourists” according to a police source, also spilled red paint representing fake blood on the cobblestones of Place Beauvau, which faces the ministry.
15 people arrested
Of police then climbed onto the grid to unhook the banner and dislodge and then challenge the two activists who continued to chant “Rebellion”. Thirty people participated in the action according to a police source, adding that they would be fined for non-compliance with the ban on the assembly of more than ten people.
In all, 15 people were arrested, including four for damage and 11 for being tied using bicycle locks to the gates of the ministry and to big chains linked to studs on Place Beauvau, according to a police source. .
“It is NOT by means of LBD and nurses on their knees that we can ensure the safety of citizens, “the association said in a statement.” The only way to ensure our future is to live in a more just and resilient society, ” is it added.